In 1980, he organized a group of engineers at General Mills in Golden Valley with the idea of improving the food supply and income in developing countries. From that group, Compatible Technology International (CTI) was founded and today operates in 13 countries.
Dozens of retired engineers, ag experts and farmers volunteered their time there, developing contraptions that mechanize the processing of grain. He was the last living founder.
In 2012, Ewing and his colleagues — competing as “the Oldsters” won a National Tropical Botanical Garden competition that developed a process to use breadfruit to make cereal, making it possible for people in other countries to have food without importing cereal.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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